LRF MOMI CORE, the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence, is UC San Diego Health Sciences' most recent initiative to put human milk at the center of its health research and education efforts.

Our mission is to create an engine of discovery focused on understanding human milk by fostering collaborative investigation across research, education, and clinical practice to improve the health and development for infants, mothers, and society as a whole.

Four key values inform how LRF MOMI CORE operates and shares its findings:

  • We recognize and promote research excellence.
  • We recognize and promote synergy across disciplines (basic and clinical research, clinical practice, and education).
  • We promote innovation, discovery, and diversity of research topics.
  • We recognize the power of disseminating accurate and simple messages.

The center awards pilot funding (MOMI Seeds) to enable and jump-start innovative research ideas and provides fellowships (MOMI Fellows) to develop the next generation of leaders in human milk research.

The Swiss-based Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) is an independent, charitable organization that promotes research in human milk and lactation. The cooperation with MOMI CORE follows the foundation's endowment of the world's first two professorships for human milk research at the University of Western Australia and the University of Zurich.

Our vision is a future when human milk is considered a cornerstone area of study for human health and development that is driven by evidence-based data generated by a well-funded network of researchers around the world that bridge the sciences and advance discovery.